AT&T’s Disaster Digital Divide Plan: Screw the 21 States Served

AT&T still controls 21 state public telecommunications utilities which covers approximately 76 million locations. Yet, at the beginning of 2022, AT&T has less than 6 million fiber optic lines to residential and business customers, (and we assume that they are almost all located within the 21 state service areas).

Ironically, and as we have pointed out, AT&T is actually using the old names of the long dead companies to get government Emergency Broadband Benefit money, where AT&T is getting its retail rates subsidized for broadband access for low income customers, even the made up fees.

  • Definition: “Overbuilder” Really Means: We didn’t upgrade our telecom utility networks over the last 3 decades and no one else should be allowed to come in and offer competitive services.)
  • Wireless services are not symmetrical.
  • The wireless ‘symmetrical build’ would be done as an ‘overbuild’, i.e., an additional service in an area already served by an incumbent broadband service — and this will harm the previous investments.
  • There is no evidence we need for high-speed services, based on current standards.
  • We don’t really need fiber optics — It should not be fiber everywhere.



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Bruce Kushnick

Bruce Kushnick


New Networks Institute,Executive Director, & Founding Member, IRREGULATORS; Telecom analyst for 40 years, and I have been playing the piano for 65 years.